In the spirit of graduation celebrations we at Homes of Hope are proud to honor our graduates of all levels of education. Overcoming homelessness, abuse, teen pregnancy, poverty, and stereotypes, Homes of Hope's 2016 graduates are both outstanding and resilient! Whether advancing from kindergarten to first grade, or completing an advanced degree, our grads share at least one commonality -- affordable housing was a necessary platform for success.
A growing body of research suggests that stable, affordable housing may increase children’s opportunities for educational success. A supportive and stable home environment can complement the efforts of educators, leading to improved student achievement. Affordable housing may foster the educational success of low-income children by supporting family financial stability, reducing mobility, providing safe, nurturing living environments, and providing a platform for community development.
Center for Housing Policy, 2014
MEET OUR GRADUATES!
Ja'qulynne graduated from 5th grade at Augusta Circle Elementary. A couple years ago we wrote about her touching adoption story.
Zhane will be attending Benedict College in Columbia, SC on FULL academic scholarship. She is a graduate of Greenville High School and her family resides in West Greenville.
London and Logan are twin sisters attending Greenville Technical College in the Fall. They are graduates of Woodmont High School and live in Mauldin, SC.
Greenville High graduate, Malik, will be making a difference in the U.S. Army! He also received scholarship offers to University of South Carolina Upstate & Limestone College.
Cuntaysha graduated from Berea High School and plans to attend Greenville Tech in the Fall and major in Business. Cuntaysha became a mother to her daughter Neveah when she was 15 years old and pressed on to get her diploma. Congratulations!
"If I persevere I can do anything." Graduating as the co-president of her class at Mauldin High School, Khendra endured homelessness and the passing of her father during her high school career. Persevering through many challenges, she has been accepted to Furman University on a FULL academic scholarship. She is also the 2016 recipient of the Greenville Rotary "Service Above Self" Scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior who has exceptional community service, outstanding academic achievement, exemplary personal attributes and strengths, and financial need. Her inspirational story was recently featured in the Greenville News.
Douglas is a graduate of J.L. Mann High School and will be attending Greenville Technical College in the Fall. He and his family live in a Homes of Hope residence in West Greenville. Congrats, Douglas!
Essence graduates a year early, with honors, number 14 in her class out of 480 students at Mauldin High School. Despite multiple offers to prestigious universities, Essence accepted an offer of a FULL academic scholarship to Spelman College in Atlanta.
You can watch the video of her family's amazing story here.
"I started and finished my MBA from Strayer University while living in a Homes of Hope home. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a perfect 4.0! I want to be a living example for my daughter and all young girls... it can be done!" - Tiffany, Maudin Resident
We are also celebrating Sheila, Mauldin Resident, who earned her Small Business Management Certificate, and Nova, Anderson Client, on her LPN certification (Licensed Practical Nurse)!
Homes of Hope is honored to provide affordable housing and the foundation of a home to 525 hard working families, and nearly 300 children, throughout the state of South Carolina.
You can help provide a foundation of success for more families and children in need of affordable housing.
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